Sheboygan Falls farm cleaning up after plane crash

Posted: 10:26 PM, Jul 23, 2018
Updated: 2018-07-23 23:26:22-04

The Kroeplien family has lots of work to do after a former Royal Air Force jet, scheduled to take part in EAA festivities, crashed through their farm. 

"It’s just really emotional. It's one of those things you don't want to ever see or have to go through again," said Rachel Kroeplien. 

The farm is called Fly-By Acres because planes regularly go overhead to land at the Sheboygan County Memorial Airport. 

"When you've lived here as long as we have, you don't think twice about a plane flying over and now when they do, you flinch," said Kroeplien. 

Pens are all that remain standing in a barn as the plane crashed just behind it, killing the pilot, injuring two workers and running over dozens of calves as well as heifers. 

"It could've been me. So it's definitely one of those things that you really start to question what's going on. It's tough," said Kroeplien.  

Pilot Martin Tibbitts, of Michigan, the only person on board, was killed on impact. Of the two injured workers, a woman is out of the hospital, but a man is still in critical condition. 

"Not saying that we want them back to work, but that they're back in good health and able to get over this tragedy," said Kroeplien. 

The National Transportation Safety Board continues to investigate the crash, while the Kroepliens just try to get back to normal.